1. Just because you don’t feel Him doesn’t mean He’s not there.
God is so much more than a simple emotion. He doesn’t deserve our attention and worship only when we “feel” Him, He deserves it with every second and every breath. Sometimes it’ll feel as if He has distanced Himself from us but most times, the distancing isn’t on His end. If God allows you to never feel His presence again, will you still choose to worship Him?
2. Yes, He allows bad things to happen.
This one is a hard one to swallow, but it is completely and literally outside of God’s nature to be anything but love. A lot of us have this thought that if God is “so good,” then why doesn’t He step in when bad things happen (or are about to), but what we don’t realize is He does… through us. There are so many incredible and Godly resources! For example, a man came and spoke at my church not too long ago and talked about the thousands of Indian women he helped free from sex-trafficking. That’s God! Not us. Rather than God swooping His hand down and cleaning up the left-over disaster from hurricanes, He sends us to do that and we do it with a joyful heart knowing we’re doing God’s work!
If you want to learn more on this, read this blog post.
3. No, it doesn’t make Him any less good or sovereign.
He is still good, but remember, there is an enemy out to steal, kill and destroy. What God allows to be wrecked, it’s our job to trust that He will build it into something bigger, better and more glorifying to Him, therefore better for us! Sometimes this requires us to be obedient and do His work for Him – not because He’s lazy, but because He trusts us to!
4. He’s a lot more graceful than we tend to believe.
No, He is not disappointed by the mistake you just made. He simply says “let’s do better next time.” We get so caught up in things that God’s not even worried about! Be genuine with your apology towards God and move on – He does, so why shouldn’t you? Even amidst what seems like the biggest screw up, He’s still welcoming you home.
“But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.” / Ephesians 4:7
5. He doesn’t change His mind.
Meaning He could never love you any more or any less. He just loves us so much! Wow, God. This is so awesome and ties into point number four so well! He has loved us from the beginning and no sin, mistake or screw up could lessen His love for us by an ounce! This also means that nothing we can do can make Him love us any more. So you don’t have to go the extra mile thinking “I bet this will put God’s favor upon me!” No, my friend, it’s already on you!
6. He is a mystery.
If you’ve been alive for more than a day, you’ve probably heard the quote “God works in mysterious ways” and it’s so true! It may not always seem like a good thing for us, but in the end, it always is! My life is literal living proof of this. I would much rather have God be a mystery and surprise me with greater things than I could imagine than know what is to come! I mean c’mon, how boring is that?!
“He uncovers mysteries (that are difficult to grasp and understand) out of the darkness and brings black gloom and the shadow of death into light.” / Job 12:22
7. He is (usually) not going to call you to something comfortable and convenient.
God desires for us to be out of our comfort zone because no growth has ever happened hiding behind our own convenience. Telling nonbelievers about Jesus is going to be awkward and uncomfortable, but we are to do it anyway. God cares more about our obedience than He cares about our comfort.
8. He’s not intimidated.
By anything. By your financial struggle, by your work or school load, by your past, your physical ailment, mental disorder or even by the devil himself. I think we tend to forget that He knows all. Nothing is going to make God cower. He can handle it!
9. He will not come where He is not welcome.
The Holy Spirit is a gentleman. He will not force His presence on someone who doesn’t want it. Welcome Him and He will come.
10. He plants, not buries.
You’ve been planted to grow. Be patient in seasons of dryness, they tend to feel long, but rain will come. Don’t be so caught up in finding the “why” of the wait that you miss out on the “who” that God is.
11. His presence is getting stronger, but so is the devil’s.
It’s all or nothing, no in-between. No middle ground. No lukewarm. He’s becoming much more serious with His Word in these days which means we need to also. We need to be aware of the spiritual warfare that is quite literally surrounding us.
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.” 1 Peter 5:8-9
12. He is willing to get on your level when you’re not willing to step up to His.
How gracious of a God!
13. He’s more concerned with your future than He is your past.
It’s done. It’s over. It’s behind you! What’s ahead of you is still to come. You are in control of your future, not your past.
14. Sorry, but… yes, He does give us more than we can handle.
If He didn’t, why would we need a God to lean on? Obedience comes from our desperation. I, like many others, never thought I needed a perfect King to take over my heart until He allowed utmost wreckage in my life.
15. He never commands us to do something that won’t benefit us.
We are in God’s favor, therefore He wants to see us rewarded and benefited! It may seem tough, but He knows best. Our knowledge is less than a fraction of His. Remember that!
16. He is desperate.
To know you. For you to spend time with Him. For you to trust Him. For you to hear Him. For Him to show you Himself. For you to be obedient to Him. “My child, if only you could see what I am doing in you…” Continue to trust Him even amidst the uncertain circumstances.
17. Just because it happened doesn’t mean it was in His will.
Yes, He has the power to be in control, but sometimes He does give us control. For example, the control to determine our final destiny. Choosing Heaven is your choice. It was never His will for humans to perish, we choose that. If you are disobedient to His will, you are out of it. The gracious thing is that we can easily step right back into it by our obedience to Him!
18. In the final days, He will allow the book of Acts come to life again.
He will lavish His gifts upon us! Speaking in tongues, signs and wonders, miracles, healings, etc. If you haven’t yet, read the book of Acts! It’s so good and so important to be educated about.
“Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” / Acts 4:30
19. He wants us to walk in our authority.
Once you become saved, you are immediately blessed with authority! You have the authority to heal. You have the authority to tell the devil to flee – and He will! You have the authority of His very own son – Jesus Christ.
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” / Mark 11:24
And last but not least…
20. Yes, He is gracious, but we cannot forget that His is the Holy Judge.
“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” / Revelation 20:11-15
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. / 2 Corinthians 5:10
Yes, we will be judged by God according to what we have done, but yes, He is still gracious. This is where the fear of the Lord comes in. I don’t know about you, but I sure as heck don’t want God’s judgment upon me, especially knowing of His grace and choosing to sin anyway. This means that “for if we go on willfully and deliberately sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice [to atone] for our sins.” / Hebrews 10:26
So, friends… these are 20 specific things that God’s been speaking to my heart lately and I pray that you learned something new about God from this! Keep (and strengthen) your desire to learn more about God. He will show you incredible things!
Love you guys!
“…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.” / Ephesians 1:17